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Norm was once a geologist by day, and still aspires to be a gentleman philosopher/scientist. He is also a serious photographer, artist and cartoonist.

This is really a more private blogging space, following the indie web design principles, that provides the opportunity to record a few snippet about what Norm is doing. It has the major benefit of providing a safer place to first publish photos and images of his art, in line with the POSSE (Publish {on your} Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere) concept of syndication.

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Norm Hanson

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Building a Loose Leaf Sketchbook (for my camera bag)

Building a Loose Leaf Sketchbook (for my camera bag)

Over the endless summer trips I managed to destroy several sketchbook (they started to fall apart etc) and  I had migrated to using A5 size book for sketching, but inevitably i ended up opening them out to do a broad landscape, so the landscape format gave me extra reach. However most decent sketch books , with decent paper, seemed to always be in portrait mode. The other observation was the spiral bound books (often cheap Chinese or mont marte, with very oridinary papers) seemed survive a lot better in rough handing, backpack and camera bag. The spiral binding made it difficult to do panoramic two page spreads.

I had figured out a fold-over loose leaf style would work. I found a couple of matte board off cuts and taped them together and scribe in two bends to male a spine. When folded they are close to A5 size. Then I found a couple of girls hair ties to hold the pages in (having more than one is handy to hold the pages down in the wind.

Next step was to prepare some paper and I wanted to be able to try out a variety of papers types always available, First I tore down a half set of fabriano watercolour paper (the other side was used but this was just for try out sketching). I also got a variety of other sketch paper, cold pressed and hot pressed and used A5 sheets along folding in half and tearing of cutting then into the narrow elongate halves that become A4 when folded over. Then just stack in the leaves, slide into the cover and pull the hair tie to the spine. the different types of paper tend to want to make the booklet spring open at the start to an additional hair tie around the outside is convenient.

The important part is this sketchbook fits very neatly into my camera bag.

See my tumblr blog for more pictures.

Norm Hanson

New glasses bringing a clearer vision

New glasses bringing a clearer vision

Its been a long time since I last posted in here, and there are many small contributions as to why. It was never my intent to stop, just circumstance that discourage or  distracted me. Perhaps now is a good time to get back into the saddle because I see so much that is an emperors new clothes bubble surround discussions of photography related issues on-line. Lots of hype but the more I look it is just more of the same, a lot more… copycat more… more sameness… same voice… same message… even same composition & colours… on and on more… 

Then there the whole issue of what life is like aside social media clouds. Actually its pretty good, even when you don’t know/realize you have been ghost banned, or algorithmically ignored.

So there no time like to present to take a deep breath and focus on the idea of being an independent voice and following my original aim of just investigation and writing about things related to digital photography and importantly not necessarily trying to follow the crowd. 

Norm Hanson

St.Pat's on St.Pat's Day

St.Pat's on St.Pat's Day

Trying out with known again, as a way around changes in flickr uploadr and google's abandoning Picasa

 

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Sunset Collage

Sunset Collage

Series of photos taken at Venus Bay

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in Search of the Aurora Australis

in Search of the Aurora Australis

Last night had a high K index so I went out for a while looking for activity, But the ambient light of the city was probably too bright and the maximum activity was over New Zealand anyway. Still I had a little fun doing some low light multistitch panoramas, This is a three photo , created with

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Returning to the Sand Goddess Theme

Returning to the Sand Goddess Theme

With the beaches calming down after summer crowds it is probably a great time to return to my Sand Goddess theme

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An #Eastern #Rosella stops over

An #Eastern #Rosella stops over

I haven't seen these guys around for a while, This Eastern Rosella stopped over long enough to soak up the last rays of sun and fluff up his feathers.

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The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Welcome swallows {Hirundo neoxena} taking a welcome rest from the wind

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Light soaking rains overnight but where is the torrential downpour?

Light soaking rains overnight but where is the torrential downpour?

Weil after what seem like days of dire weather warning of torrential rain and storms (which failed to reach my neck of the woods) it has cooled down a lot and we did get soaking, albeit soft, rain overnight.

Still the ibis are grouping where I have never seen them in large numbers before, perhaps they know something if finally coming? Will the weather Bureau warning come to roost tomorrow